"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" - George Orwell

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Amazing news department

Abigail and Brittany Hensel

Here is the wikipedia link. It's a fascinating story. I wish the best for them.

Grandpa's Journal

Still scarce entries in the journal.

Sunday October 22, 1911
S.S.in A.M. Bradshaw preached in P.M.

Monday October 23, 1911
Hauled lumber for Suttons house.

Tuesday October 23, 1911
Started work on Suttons house after dinner in P.M.

Friday November 17,911
Mother came.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Canned Heat-On the Road Again
 Well I'm so tired of cryin' but I'm out on the road again - I'm on the road again.
Well I'm so tired of cryin' but I'm out on the road again - I'm on the road again.
I ain't got no woman just to call my special friend.

And I'm going to leave the city, got to go away.
I'm going to leave the city, got to go away.
All this fussing and fighting, man I sure can't stay.

You know the first time I travelled out in the rain and snow - in the rain and snow.
You know the first time I travelled out in the rain and snow - in the rain and snow.
I didn't have no fellow, not even no place to go.

And my dear mother left me when I was quite young - when I was quite young.
And my dear mother left me when I was quite young - when I was quite young.
She said "Lord have mercy on my wicked son."

--- Break ---

Take a hint from me mama please don't you cry no more - don't you cry no more.
Take a hint from me mama please don't you cry no more - don't you cry no more.
Cause it's soon one morning down the road I'm gone.

But I ain't going down that long and lonesome road - all by myself.
But I ain't going down that long and lonesome road - all by myself.
I can't carry you baby, gonna carry somebody else.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Biker QotD

Only bikers understand why dogs love to stick their heads out car windows.

The two patients

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint.  Both have trouble walking and appear to require hip surgery.
The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.
The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then pending the review boards decision on his age and remaining value to society.
Why the different treatment for the two patients?
The FIRST is a Golden Retriever taken to a vet.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen on ObamaCare.
In November if Barry and his Czars get another term we'll all have to find a good vet.
Let's pray the Supreme Court does the right thing today. Not holding my breath.

Edit: Well of course not. Hey folks we have a new tax! But we don't have to pay it. Borepatch got it again. It's just political fodder.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nice caterpillar.

Don't know what kind it is, but I like the markings. Might make a nice tattoo.

And it keeps on going.

X2 and I went to a new chinese restaurant tonight. The food was very good. My fortune not so much.
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012


I have been remiss.

I have neglected welcomes to my new followers. Trust me when I say I am humble that y'all find me worthy of your attention.

dakotas5 his blog is here.

American Commissars

 Orange Jeep Dad

 Family Best


Matt glad you're posting again here.

If I missed someone let me know. I apologize in advance.

What is wrong with America?

This was a comment that I posted over at Bells A Ringing  in reference to this post Then I thought that it was worth a post here with expansion. Read Kx59's post first. Then come back. I'll be here.

Prayer in school
The great society
Three generations of people that have never worked
My baby's daddy
Where you be staying
Zero Tolerance
No church schooling
Et cetera

I know it's cliched but you catch my drift. Some of this is from personal experience. When our society became mobile and the typical family units broke up (grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles), the influence of the generations before was lost. I know that when I was confronted with things that were dicey, I always asked myself "What would Grandpa think?" I was no angel but it kept me from the worst decisions.

Do I have a solution? Yes. Shut down the government.Clear the laws and start over. Will it happen? Maybe. In terms of deer hunters,  the state of Wisconsin has the largest standing army in the world. Just saying. How long until the pushing stops and we push back. Can it be done?  I don't know. We live in a world that is different from the 1700's. Last time I was at the range before deer season last year, no one was sighting in deer rifles. They were working big black weapons and some nice wooden framed military stuff.

Do we have a cause or are we trading one problem for another. I do not think for one second that what is happening in Egypt, Syria, Greece, or any other place on this blue ball, cannot happen here. I just don't think it will until we have lost all our freedoms. That won't happen to me. I have to much at cost.

This has given me a headache. Think I'll go have a couple of adult beverages and hug my wife.

Thanks for looking at my ramble. Any comments are welcome. Be eloquent and civil.

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Chris Rea-Texas because...well...I live here and I can testify. We got big ol' roads out here.

Cleaning up loose ends.

Uhm, yeah. Father's day. My son and familia brought skewers of man meat and man vegies. Shrimp, beef, onions and bell peppers. All marinated and grilled just so. With ranch beans and 'tater salad.
Two years ago x2 and I were in the woods behind the house when she spotted some interesting plants. We dug three up and planted them in our pond garden. They come up in the spring and produce these flowers. When they are done blooming they die to the ground until next spring.

I did it!

After years of denial, and my x2 saying "when are you gonna get rid of this stuff?". Well she didn't say "stuff", but you know what I mean. I finally went through my floppies last night. Anything useful is on a flash stick (my how far we've come). Any one have a use for the last version of DOS or any other OS up to and including Win95?
This box will be gently laid in a deep grave in the back yard for archeologists to dig up and ponder at some more appropriate time.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Since I can't afford to drive a bright
 yellow Hummer, I'm going to get a big
 flashing sign for my car that says,
 "I'm in serious need of your attention!"

I got nothing.

Slow news day. So heres some stuff to look at.

What,'s your life span?

Northwestern Mutual Insurance has a lifespan calculator online. Yes it's a gimmick. No I don't know how accurate it is. I just like doing this sort of thing sometimes.

Be honest and see what you come up with. Mine said I'm gonna croak at 74. Some changes are in order.

Go ahead and try it.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Those bastages!

Now I know what's going on. After they tear the batting out of our porch swing to pad their pad. They head out for a pint at the pub and probably high five each other before turning into a nice warm nest. No wonder I just bought a Gamo .22 cal breakover. This is war!

Real Country

Grandpa's journal.

The entries in the journal get pretty sparse for the rest of the year. (Blog fatigue? ;) ) I'm sure some of it had to do with harvest and those things.

September 24-30, 1911

Thursday 28, 1911
Wife started for Burns. (Oregon)

Sunday October 1, 1911

Monday October 2, 1911
Pulled trees in P.M.

Tuesday October 3 1911
Pulled trees. Rain

Saturday October 7, 1911
Went to Redmond. Wife got home from Burns.

Week of October 8-14, 1911

Saturday October 14, 1911
Started to work on Sutton's clearing.

Week of October 15-21, 1911

Thursday October 19, 1911
Sutter clearing.

Friday October 20, 1911
Got horse shod in Am. Worked  on S. clearing in Pm.

Saturday October 21, 1911
Worked on clearing.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Get your T-shirt and white sport coat on. Let's do some cruisin' and look for some Miami vice.

Phil Collins-In the Air Tonight.
Watch at 4:31. Gotta love the beard on the bass player!


Wow! What did I miss?

Had a bad, bad line of storms come through the other night. Lost the power to my shop again. And lost the internetz. But I'm back. More later.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ah hell yes!

Well, yea!


Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. --Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787

I hope so. (sigh)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Waylon Jennings-Ain't Living Long Like This

Written by Rodney Crowell


Where in the heck have you been?

You can do it here

h/t to bluesun..

And yes, California is out of  the question.
I'm pretty sure there is a dichotomy in here, somewhere.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I guess I need to update this years garden.

Everything was planted late and came in early. Go figure.
L to R: Tomatoes, banana peppers, summer squash, bush beans. In front: Rosemary and Sweet Basil.

Click to enbiggen.

From the "Weird News" Department...

Dwarf actor group threatens '100 midget march' to protest normal-sized actors used in 'Snow White'

Snubbed dwarfs are raging at the makers of Hollywood film "Snow White and the Huntsman" for casting average-sized people as the film's seven dwarfs.
The dwarf actors are threatening to protest against the film -- which stars Oscar-winner Charlize Theron -- with a "100-midget march," according to a report in TMZ.

Don't get me wrong. I agree with them. I just can help thinking of the Lollipop Guild.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


"They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here?" - Paul Harvey

A t/u hat tip to Guffaw

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday September 17, 1911
To S.S. Wife and Bonnie stayed home

Monday September 18, 1911
No entry

Tuesday September 19, 1911
R.R. layed (sic) across our place.

Wednesday September 20, 1911
No entry

Thursday September 21, 1911
Pulled trees in A.M.  At home in P.M.

Friday September 22, 1911
Helped wash. Pulled trees P.M. To Hall's in evening.

Saturday September, 23 1911
No entry

Today is the anniversary of D-Day.

I knew a man that was in the 82nd on that day. He didn't want to talk of it except to say that only six of his unit returned.

He was a quiet man and a solid person, and a friend to me. I didn't learn about his service until I mentioned my son had joined the 82nd. Then we talked.

More reading here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Barnes and Noble just lost my business.

Damn perverts!

And I'm talking about the employees. I would hope that if I want to buy my grand kids books I would be able to shop in the kids section without some soccer mom getting skeered. Even if that means taking a business call while I'm there.

Kiss my old man ass Barnes and Noble!

Monday, June 4, 2012

I'm not whining, but...

Why didn't Houston/Johnson SPACE Center get a real one, huh Sen. Schumer? I mean trying to take our guns away didn't work, so you took our shuttle. Keep fricking with us, mister, and we may bite you on the backside.

BTW. Please remove the offensive decals before you deliver the goods. Bastage!

Snarky awesomeness or Awesome Snarkiness?

You decide.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

No comment.

Sitting together on a train was Obama, a Texan, a little old lady, and a young blonde girl with large breasts.

The train goes into a dark tunnel and a few seconds later there is the sound of a loud slap.. When the train emerges from the tunnel, Obama has a bright red hand print on his cheek. No one speaks.

The old lady thinks:
Obama must have groped the blonde in the dark, and she slapped him.

The blonde girl thinks:
Obama must have tried to grope me in the dark, but missed and fondled the old lady and she slapped him.

Obama thinks:
The Texan must have groped the blonde in the dark. She tried to slap him but missed and got me instead.

The Texan thinks:
I can't wait for another tunnel, so I can slap the shit out of Obama again.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Foreigner-Jukebox Hero

Best garage band evah!

For my friends that are interested in things Texas.

A history/geography lesson for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans
or wanna-be Texans:
Just Texas
Pep , Texas 79353
Smiley , Texas 78159
Paradise , Texas 76073
Rainbow , Texas 76077
Sweet Home , Texas 77987
Comfort , Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

Love the sun?
Sun City , Texas 78628
Sunrise , Texas 76661
Sunset, Texas 76270
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray , Texas 79086
Sunny Side , Texas 77423

Want something to eat?
Bacon, Texas 76301
Noodle, Texas 79536
Oatmeal, Texas 78605
Turkey, Texas 79261
Trout , Texas 75789
Sugar Land , Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice , Texas 75155
Pearland , Texas 77581
Orange , Texas 77630
And top it off with:
Sweetwater , Texas 79556

Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!
Detroit , Texas 75436
Cleveland , Texas 75436
Colorado City , Texas 79512
Denver City , Texas 79323
Klondike , Texas 75448
Pittsburg, Texas 75686
Newark, Texas 76071
Nevada, Texas 75173
Memphis , Texas 79245
Miami , Texas 79059
Boston , Texas 75570
Santa Fe , Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony , Texas 75861
Reno , Texas 75462
Pasadena , Texas 77506
Columbus , Texas 78934

Feel like traveling outside the country?
Athens , Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China , Texas 77613
Dublin, Texas 76446
Egypt, Texas 77436
Ireland , Texas 76538
Italy , Texas 76538
Turkey , Texas 79261
London , Texas 76854
New London , Texas 75682
Paris , Texas 75460
Palestine, Texas 75801

No need to travel to Washington D.C.
Whitehouse , Texas 75791

We even have a city named after our planet!
Earth , Texas 79031

We have a city named after our state:
Texas City, Texas 77590

Energy, Texas 76452
Blanket, Texas 76432
Winters, Texas 79567

Like to read about History?
Santa Anna, Texas 76878
Goliad, Texas 77963
Alamo, Texas 78516
Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156
Robert Lee , Texas 76945

Need Office Supplies?
Staples, Texas 78670

Want to go into outer space?
Venus, Texas 76084
Mars, Texas 79062

You guessed it. It's on the state line.
Texline, Texas 79087

For the kids...
Kermit, Texas 79745
Elmo, Texas 75118
Nemo, Texas 76070
Tarzan, Texas 79783
Winnie, Texas 77665
Sylvester, Texas 79560

Other city names in Texas to make you smile......
Frognot, Texas 75424
Bigfoot, Texas 78005
Hogeye, Texas 75423
Cactus, Texas 79013
Notrees, Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest , Texas 76886
Kickapoo , Texas 75763
Dime Box , Texas 77853
Old Dime Box , Texas 77853
Telephone , Texas 75488
Telegraph , Texas 76883
Whiteface , Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079

And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City
Kilgore, Texas 75662

And our favorites...
Cut and Shoot, Texas 77303
Gun Barrell City , Texas 75147
Ding Dong, Texas
West, Texas (its in Central Texas ) 76691
and, of course,
Muleshoe , Texas 79347

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas

If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work
there, you may live in Texas ;

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas ;

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a
wrong number, you may live in Texas ;

If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may
live in Texas ;

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas ;

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live
in Texas ;

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both
unlocked, you may live in Texas ;

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them,
you may live in Texas ;

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph --you're going 80 and
everybody's passing you, you may live in Texas ;

If you find 60 degrees a little chilly, you may live in Texas ;

If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas
friends, you definitely live in Texas .

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas .
1... Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles

2... Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles

3... El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas

4... World's firstrodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883.

5... The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water.

Destroyed by Hurricane Ike - 2008!

6... The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .

7... Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America

8... Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

9... Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.

10... The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .

11... The first word spoken from the moon, July 20,1969, was " Houston ", but the space center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.

12... King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island .

13... Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43' in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.

14... Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union ) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5 states.

15... A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

16 Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

17... Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.

18... Texas has had six capital cities: Washington -on- the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston , Velasco, West Columbia and Austin .

19... The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet).

20... The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington monument.

21...The name ' Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .

22...The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females).

23...The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston .

Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie , Texas :

(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.

Y'all git all that?